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Sir Theophilus Biddulph, 1st Baronet (1612 – 25 March 1683) was the son of Michael Biddulph of Elmhurst, Staffordshire.[1]

He was a London Silkman who was knighted in 1660 and created a baronet in the Baronetage of England on 2 November 1664. His residence was Westcombe Manor, Greenwich, Kent.

He was Member of Parliament for London 1656–1659 and for Lichfield, Staffordshire 1661–1679.

He is mentioned in the diary of Samuel Pepys for 1664–5.

He died at Greenwich aged 72, and was buried 14 April 1683 at Stow Church,[2] Lichfield and was succeeded by his son Michael. His brother Michael was also MP for Lichfield.



  1. ^, Biddulph, Sir Theophilus (c.1612-83), of Austin Friars, London and Westcombe Park, Greenwich, Kent.
  2. ^ Wagner, Anthony. Pedigree of Biddulph: Extracted from the Records of the College of Arms, London. College of Arms, London. p. 2.

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Bill  •  Link

In St. Chad's Ch. vulgarly called Stowe Church in Lichfield, on a white Marble, fixt to the North Wall of the Chancel.

Here lyeth the Body of Theophilus Biddulph, Son of Theophilus Biddulph of the City of London Draper. His Mother was Susanna daughter of Zachary Highlord Alderman of London. He departed this Life the 20th of May 1650.

---Monumenta Anglicana. John Le Neve, 1718.

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

I saw the Biddulph name today, along with this glorious photograph of their family home, Rodmarton Manor in Gloucestershire:…

It says it is a fine example of the Arts and Crafts tradition, but it looks like its roots survive. And how many Biddulph families can there be???

San Diego Sarah  •  Link

In November 1659, with William Love and other City radicals, Theophilus Biddulph MP opposed the appeal from the London militia officers to George Monck in Scotland as inimical to ‘the government of the Commonwealth’, but unlike them, he signed the City petition for the readmission of the secluded Members and the calling of a free Parliament.
He was appointed to the committee to draft the City’s petition against the excise on 2 Mar. 1660,
and that to prepare the City’s answer to the Declaration of Breda -- he was knighted by Charles II as one of the delegation which presented it.
He was on the committee to raise a loan of £100,000 in the City in August 1660 for disbanding the army,
and gave evidence against Thomas Scot at the trial of the regicides.
In 1661, no doubt with the assistance of his elder brother, Biddulph was returned to the Cavalier Parliament as a Member for Lichfield.
He was an inactive Member, serving on only 50 committees.
In the first session he was appointed to the committees for inspecting the disbandment accounts and the execution of those under attainder.
During the second session he was a member of the committees for the bills concerning grants of offices in London, and the better ordering and collecting of the hearth-tax.
He had a home in Greenwich -- Pepys met him planning how to fight the plague there in 1665.
Biddulph inherited the family’s Staffordshire estates in 1666, and began to build a new house at Elmhurst.

For more information, see https://www.historyofparliamenton…

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